Why the trade unions are, and will remain, at the heart of the anti-austerity movement

20140621-d423.jpgWithin 72 hours of the Tories forming a majority in Parliament it became crystal clear they were salivating at the opportunity to further impose their political austerity agenda for another five years. Attacks on freedom of speech, protest, the Human Rights Act and the right to strike came swiftly. Threshold limits on industrial action ballots are proposed, with higher thresholds for those working in health, education, fire and transport services. This will push many disputes outside the law as the shackles tighten on lawful action, enabling employers to challenge ‘small and irrelevant technicalities’ in the Courts. Alongside criminalising those engaged in picketing it adds up to a thought through attempt to debilitate working people and remove the most powerful collective weapon we have, the human right to withdraw our labour.

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This is the moment to say we want Trident scrapped

timthumb.php.pngWE’RE heading into another five years of Tory cuts. No doubt we’ll hear the same tired old lie — there isn’t enough money to go round. But when it comes to nuclear weapons and war they can always find the cash because the reality is there’s plenty of money — it’s a question of who is making the decisions about what it is spent on.

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Press conference: Charlotte Church to join People's Assembly 20 June demo

The People’s Assembly held a Press Conference last Thursday (4th June) for the 20 June national demonstration.

 

Speaking on the panel were: Rachel Maskell - Newly elected Labour MP for York Central, Steve Turner - Assistant General Secretary, Unite the Union, Sam Fairbairn - National Secretary, The People's Assembly, Charlotte Church - Singer and Activist and Amelia Womack - Deputy leader of the Green Party.

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Milton Keynes Group opens with a packed meeting

10206177-large.jpgThe main hall and galleries of The Church of Christ the Cornerstone were packed for tonight's Milton Keynes Against the Cuts meeting (Wednesday June 3).

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The audience continued to cheer throughout the speeches from political commentator and Guardian columnist Owen Jones, Chrsitine Blower, secretary of the National Union of Teachers and Sam Fairbain, national secretary of The People's Assembly.

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Action Updates From Birmingham People's Assembly

P1070643.jpgOur build up to the June 20th demo has been both loud and vibrant, with two events in the last week in Birmingham city centre. On Wednesday May 27th, a large crowd met at 5.30pm, following the Queens Speech. 

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Crowds protest the Queen's Speech at Downing Street

11350536_894347993966425_3901040554970998738_n.jpgNew People's Assembly volunteer, Michael Gilbert, reports on his experience at the protest of the Queens Speech.

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Disability Cuts: Tory brutality in full swing

hardesthit_banner_g_w-1.jpgIn the aftermath of the Tory win, as the dust settles despondently on Westminster, Britain’s future landscape is beginning to emerge from the foggy vagaries of election promises.

While the founding pillars of British society – family, community, industry and education – buckle ever further under the strain of government policies, the familiar shadow of austerity looms over us all, darkening the lives of those already stuck in the shade.

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